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Don't let a strike cripple your business with these three tips

by , 20 June 2013
Did you know you can avoid strikes completely! Unreal I know! But let's face it you'd rather be doing business than dealing with avoidable strikes and CCMA issues. There are a few things you can do!

Here's how you can avoid falling victim to striking employees.

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Avoid giving your employees a 52% salary increase...

When employees go on strike they'll do anything to get you to meet their demands...
Would you be able to afford to give your employees a 52% salary increase and still be able keep your company?

Find out how you can avoid falling victim to striking employees here.

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Three tips to avoid falling victim to striking employees!

Did you know you can avoid strikes completely! Unreal I know! But let's face it you'd rather be doing business than dealing with avoidable strikes and CCMA issues. There are a few things you can do!

Be proactive when you address disputes

Most times when a strike happens, it's because employees have complained about their issues and nothing seems to have been done about the issue. I'm sure you'll agree even your feathers will get ruffled when something you feel strongly about is ignored. Make sure you develop good communication policies and procedures. This'll help your employees feel free to come to you and discuss issues before it gets extreme. Address these issues as soon as your employees raise them.

Follow your own policies and procedures

Some strikes start because the employer didn't follow his own policies and procedures, especially for disciplinary action against employees. Keep your part of the bargain and respect agreements with your employees or their representatives. Maintain a standard across your company and ensure you don't favour some employees over others!

Keep reading to find out what the last tip is! It's an important one!

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Legally dismiss striking employees without being taken to the CCMA...

When it comes to dismissing a striking employee if you don't follow the right procedures you could be taken to the CCMA...
Discover how you can avoid being taken to the CCMA by legally dismissing a striking employee.

Click here to find out more.

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Here's one more tip you can implement in your company

Pay your employees a fair wage


Keep them informed on your company's financial position. Set up a pay for productivity system. This gives your employees a more constructive and productive way to bump up their wages without having a strike. When you're constantly open with your employees, you'll build trust and understanding.

Remember, you can't dismiss employees for going on a protected strike, as the employees are 'protected' by law from dismissal (Section 67(4) of the LRA). In fact, such a dismissal will be regarded as automatically unfair. Think carefully before you decide on a course of action, and don't rush to dismiss.

Best regards,

Miriro Matema
Product Manager – Practical Guide to Human Resources Management

P.S. There are five other tips you should know to avoid a strike! Get all the info you need, so you won't fear being taken to the CCMA or have to fork out unnecessary money to employees who'll demand unfeasible wage increases!





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